U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen Tours Atlantic Tracks Memphis facility, discusses facilitys plans to expand and the Memphis rail market
Thursday, April 9, 2015
by: Ashley Bosch
Section: 2015 NRC Grassroots Events
From left to right: Congressman Steve Cohen, Atlantic Track Vice President of Engineering and Operations Jeff Grissom, and Atlantic Track President Peter Hughes.
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Memphis, TN – On 4/9/15, U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (R-TN-09) joined representatives from Atlantic Track and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of Atlantic Track’s Memphis operations and facility. The NRC organized the event.
Upon his arrival, Congressman Cohen was greeted by Atlantic Track’s team including President Peter Hughes, Vice President of Engineering and Operations Jeff Grissom, Railroad Products Manager Pat Reilly, and Office Manager Laura Chitwood.
Additional attendees included NRC VP of Grassroots Advocacy & Events Ashley Bosch and University of Memphis Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute Professor Martin E. Lipinksi, Ph.D., P.E.
The Congressman had the opportunity to take a tour of Atlantic Track’s Memphis facility where they manufacture turnouts, special track work, transit rail products, compromise rails, movable bridge joints, track panels and more. Atlantic Track provides material for Class I and short line railroads, transit agencies, rail contractors, and end users in the U.S., Canada and worldwide.
With five Class I railroads, Memphis is one of the nation’s largest rail hubs. In order to meet the growing demand for quality rail products at home in Memphis and overseas, Atlantic Track plans to break ground this month to expand their Memphis facility. The new addition to their facility will house a $3.7 million state of the art machining center which will yield new jobs and economic activity in the area.
“I am pleased to see Memphis businesses like Atlantic Track expanding due to international demand” said Congressman Cohen. “Their success is creating good-paying jobs right here in the 9th District, and I enjoyed this opportunity to visit their facility.”
Congressman Steve Cohen is a member of the Judiciary Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.